Sidiki Johnson impressive in ESPN2 appearance with Oak Hill Academyby Javier Morales on Feb. 12, 2011, under Sports
My first thought while watching the Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy game last night on ESPN2: Is that really Sidiki Johnson out there?
That’s not because I doubted the 6-foot-8-inch, 220-pound, power forward’s ability – for Arizona coach Sean Miller and assistant Book Richardson to think highly enough to recruit him, he must have skills.
From what I witnessed last summer during the AAU circuit games in Las Vegas to what I saw last night in Oak Hill’s 78-64 win over Arden (N.C.) Christ School, it looks like Johnson’s best move was joining coach Steve Smith‘s renowned program. Smith’s impact on Johnson’s work ethic and fundamentals is quite obvious.
Johnson’s pump fake-dip-swing move on the block against Duke signee Marshall Plumlee of Arden (N.C.) Christ School was particularly impressive. He showed hustle on some rebounds. And he looked like he wanted to be on the court, rather than on the bench nursing his sore knees – a departure from what I saw last summer.
In one sequence in the first half, Johnson actually motioned to Smith that he did not want to leave the court, but Smith, noticing Johnson’s fatigue, replaced him.
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